Whisky is one of the world's most wonderful things, and to enjoy it you don't really require much in the way of accessories – merely a bottle of the very best. But once you've developed a taste for the stuff there are a number of items that will aid you in refining the experience, and to help you on your way from neophyte to connoisseur we've selected ten of the best:
These are the authentic whisky tasting glasses that you will find at Scotland's finest single malt distilleries like Laphroaig (above). They allow you to "nose" the whisky as well as sample it properly.
This new must-have treatise on the most desirable distilleries and malts in Scotland is an essential armchair guide to "Auld Reekie," with 20 facsimile pieces of rare whisky memorabilia.
3.) Belham Bar Cart
You'll want to keep your burgeoning whisky collection on something suitable so you can consider your selection and admire the goods.
There's something about a leather armchair that enhances a good single malt. A tufted one lends an English gentleman's club feel.
The secret to most good whisky is in the "wood", i.e. the flavor it gets from the barrels it's aged in. This kit allows you to experiment with the process at home.
6.) Whisky Bullets
Personally, we've never taken to the idea of putting those stone blocks in our glass of hooch. Ice-cold bullets however? Now that's badass.
7.) Ice Ball Maker
Of course, there's nothing wrong with good old-fashioned ice. But don't do the usual cubes that melt inside of five minutes. Ice balls last a lot longer.
While you should always keep the bottles for reference, a crystal decanter is a much more elegant presentation if you're enjoying a tipple at the dinner table following a fine meal.
There's no reason to confine your fondness for whisky to cocktail hour. These products direct from Scotland offer the scent of the spirit in gentlemanly grooming products.
10.) Whisky Journal
You'll want to keep track of your adventures into the world of whisky, and scribbling on any old scrap of paper won't do. A leatherbound journal is just the thing.